Also, is the notion true that Linux (and even Mac os for the matter) less exploited (at least partially) because less people use it?
For the record, I've seen the following arguments:
- Linux is opensource and open software gets fixed much more quickly.
- Linux is used for 70+% of servers for a reason!
- Linux only has 1% of the market.
- Windows was built around single user privileges while Linux stores your files as root and gives the user less "control."
- Mac os X, BSD, and Linux are UNIX oses.
^ Those are arguments that I have seen, not what I am endorsing.
What I don't understand is can't someone just look at the code, make something malicious, and then release it into the wild? Someone who write malware isn't going to register a signature. In other words, if oyou write an open source program on Windows, can't someone write a virus for it more quickly because the code is displayed for all?